Library system improvements project

Silly Goose and Val a puppet performance

​Project Summary


The Library System Improvements Project is being implemented at City Council's direction with advice and recommendations from the Library Commission.
The Library System Improvements Project contains three major components:


Priority 1 - New Belle Haven Branch Library

Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to design, finance, construct and operate a new public library facility to replace the Belle Haven Branch Library

Priority 2 - New Main Library

Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to design, finance, construct and operate a new public library facility to replace the Main Library

Priority 3 - Short-term system improvements

Identify and implement needed short-term improvements to current library facilities, systems, services and operations to ensure the continuous provision of high-quality, modern and safe library facilities for Menlo Park residents pending the development of new facilities.

Upcoming public meetings


Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of our face-to-face community meetings: 
  • April 16, 2019, 7 p.m., City Council public hearing at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Ave.

Belle Haven Library Space Needs Study


The study is under way. The space needs study builds upon the results of the neighborhood needs assessment completed in October 2018. The first phase of the space needs study involves conversations with stakeholders, community meetings, a community survey and conversations with neighborhood organizations, businesses, schools and neighborhood residents. The input gathered through community outreach for this study sharpens and refines earlier input, and will be used to produce a program that translates community needs into the space required to meet those needs. A similar process was completed in 2017 for the main library. 

Library Commission


The Library Commission held a study session at their January 28th meeting to review progress made so far during the Belle Haven Space Needs Study.
The Commission reviewed and recommend for approval the next steps for the Space Needs Study at their March 18, 2019 meeting.

Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee


The Library Needs Assessment for the Belle Haven Neighborhood is complete. The Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee was formed to assist throughout the process.